April 2018

Leftover & Quartz Beads For April 

1st April 2018

Happy Easter BeadingHappy Easter. Don’t eat eggs: make jewellery! 

See us next weekend at Luton Bead Show on Saturday 7th April – just 10-mins from M1 J10 or 1/2-hour drive from North London. 

Or Sunday 8th April in London at Highgate Bead Show – just 15-mins walk from Archway Tube Station, or free parking with our permit.

Then at Norwich on Sunday 15th April with The Bead Queen – full details at Norwich MrBead Bead Show

New Beads March 2018We have many new beads on show from a 30-box 600 kg shipment just arrived in the UK. Say your a MrBead Newsletter reader for a free gift!   We’re at over 30 shows this year, all with a bigger display: All our 2018 Bead Fairs.


How To Use Leftover Beads
Diamond April’s Gemstone
Cubic Ziconia
Quartz Crystal – April’s Alternate Beads

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How to use Leftover Beads – Don’t throw anything away!

Every beader is eventually left with out-of-fashion beads that they can’t use. You could try selling them at a fair in a bargain box, but in all probability, they’ll be hard to shift. Strangely, people can sense if the stock is stale. Customers’ are looking for new.

In these financially-tough times, you need to consume everything.  Fortunately it is possible to use these odd beads to make jewellery that will sell.

Don’t be afraid to disassemble old jewellery. Unstring the beads and mix them with new beads in a different design

What to do with the Leftovers:

1)    Separate all your leftover beads into three different sizes and place each size in its own cup.
2)    Take any bead at random from one of the cups and lay it out for a necklace on your beading board.
3)    Then add a bead from a different size cup, and so on.  If the beads are small, add a few, before a large bead – to build uniformity to the design.
4)   After you’ve laid out half the necklace length, look at the design and see where you can add spacers or caps to improve the style.

In a short time, you’ll end up with an original freeform necklace!

Bead tablecloth weights
Table cloth or cup weights make great presents, especially for summer BBQs.  Take a silver bulldog clip and thread wire through the hole.

Loop it back on itself, and slide a crimp over both pieces, pulling it tight to the clip. Squash the crimp flat to hold the wire in place.

Thread beads onto both strands of wire and finish with a crimp to hold the beads in place. The weights are then clipped onto the corner of a tablecloth to prevent the wind from blowing it off.

Other Ideas For Bead Making:

  • Put individual beads on head pins & make a dangle bracelet.
  • Simple loop earrings.
  • Put them on headpins & attach a jump ring or clasp to make a necklace.
  • Make cell phone charms or key chains from individual beads.
  • Make toggles for bathroom light pulls.
  • Sell larger beads on their own as lucky charms.
  • Christmas tree decorations.
  • Make mobiles to hang in young children’s bedrooms.
  • Beaded serviette holders.

Diamond April’s Gemstone

Diamond NecklaceApril’s birthstone is the diamond. Diamonds are a wonder of nature. Their cold sparkling fire has held us spell-bound for centuries with myths of romance, power, greed, and magic. Ancient Hindus, finding diamonds after thunderstorms, believed they were from lightning bolts. Today, the diamond is a symbol of enduring love.

DiamondDiamonds are the rich cousins of graphite, both crystalline forms of pure carbon. The difference in their properties is a result of the way that carbon atoms are bonded together.

In graphite, carbon atoms are arranged in sheets that easily slide past each other, making them ideal as lubricants. Diamond crystals, are a tight-fisted network of carbon atoms securely held in four directions, making it the hardest naturally-occurring substance.

Man-made Diamonds
Diamond MachineUp until a few years ago De Beers controlled all the worlds diamonds – by stockpiling tons at a time, they greatly increased the value of a relatively-common crystallized rock.

However, it’s now possible to artificially grow diamonds, the same way they are formed over millions of years. Using high pressure and temperature in crystal growth chambers, the size of a washing machine.

Within each chamber, a tiny sliver of natural diamond is bathed in a molten solution of graphite and a metal-based catalyst at approximately 1,500 C. Slowly, carbon precipitates onto the diamond seed crystal. A gem-quality, 2.8-carat rough yellow diamond grows in just under three-and-a-half days. This can then be cut and polished to give a gem larger than 1.5 carats.

Chemically these cultured stones are identical to mined diamonds – but they do have different growth patterns and a lack of inclusions that would draw suspicions to a jeweler. However, those bits of minerals that are enclosed in a natural diamond as its forms are regarded as flaws; a lack of inclusions is actually a good thing. De Beers has designed a machine for just $10,000.

Cubic Ziconia

Cubic Zirconia A much cheaper way of making a stone that looks like diamond was created by Russian scientists. Cubic Zirconia is a dense clear material through which laser light can be reflected.

When melted at high-temperature and an incredibly-high electrical current sent through it, the compound crystallizes, forming chunks similar to rough diamonds, which are then be cut and polished to exact specifications.

Using the naked eye, even a trained jeweler can’t detect the difference between good cubic zirconia, genuine or cultured diamonds. And even diamond experts have been fooled between cubic zirconia and a five-million-dollar diamond. All are fully faceted, cut and polished the same.

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Quartz Crystal – April’s Alternate Gemstone

Quartz BeadsDiamonds are too expensive for most to make jewellery, but a gemstone with similar charectristics for April is quartz crystal.

The Mayans, Druid priests, and Tibetan monks all knew the spiritual power of crystal. The ancients used it to strengthen the sun’s rays to bring heat, and the Chinese science of feng-shui teaches that arranging crystals around the home retains positive energy.

Quartz BeadsCrystals became important to these people because of the belief in their capacity to store and amplify any power source fed into them – physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

crystal beadsToday’s crystal therapists say that the stones’ ability to work as a conductor allows energy to be focused via a person’s thoughts to stimulate healing.

Many people use crystal to focus attention on what they want. With a little imagination, you too can use crystal’s energy to access a higher level of consciousness and turn a desire into reality.

Quartz BeadsAll types of crystal have this magical power, but individual colour crystal is believed to have other uses too. Rose quartz, the stone of unconditional love, is great for emotional healing. Red, yellow, and orange stones are said to produce energy; clear and aquamarine stones are healers; and lavender and blue-violet are calming stones.
Quartz BeadsPure rock crystal is clear, but usually quart comes in a variety of opacity.

Milky quartz is cloudy because of microscopic inclusions of fluid embodied in the crystal at the start of its life – creating an attractive effect of a crystal within a crystal, giving the interior a ghostly appearance. Smoky Quartz is caused by natural radiation from nearby granite rocks which have a small amount of radioactivity.

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If you’re in Norfolk and into stones, nip in to see Nigel talk on Tuesday 3rd April, 7.30pm at Norfolk Mineral & Lapidary Societ in Our Lady R.D. Church Hall, Churchfield Green, St Williams Way, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 0AH.

The Society was founded in 1973 and is the only one of its kind in East Anglia. Members, young and not so young, come from a wide area and from many different walks of life.

All of us in our club have one thing in common, and that’s our love of our hobby. What drives us is the excitement of new discoveries in the search of the perfect specimen. But all this would be hollow indeed if we had no one to share it with.

The society meets first Tuesday of every month. Full details here.

Spring Bead Fairs

  • Sat 7th April – Luton MrBead Show, The Stockwood Hotel, 41-43 Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS – Details here.
  • Sun 8th April – London Highgate MrBead Show, Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue, Highgate, London N6 6HL- Details here.
  • Sun 15th April – Norwich MrBead Show, The George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA – Details here.
  • Sat 21st April – The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, High Street, Esher, London KT10 9AJ – Details here.
  • Sun 29th April – Beads Up North! Haydock Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ – Details here
  • Sat & Sun 12th-13th May – Bath & West Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN – Details here.

Rest of bead fairs and full 2018 Bead Fair List

Exhibit at a MrBead Show
We have limited space available for crafters at some of our own bead shows:
At Berwick Upon Tweed on 18th August. Details at http://www.mrbead.co.uk/berwickupontweedbeadfair.htm
In Cornwall on 17th June & 2nd September at June Cornish Bead Fair or  September Cornish Bead Fair.
In Scotland at Perth on 19th August at http://www.mrbead.co.uk/scottishbeadfair.htm. 
We also need help at this one, if you’re interested email Nigel.
Or our Essex Bead Show on Sunday 24th September at http://mrbead.co.uk/essexbeadfair.htm

We market for beaders making  jewellery, rather than selling ready-made jewellery – so to attract your customers, you may need to market yourself. However, we’re just looking for a small contribution towards costs. If interested, email Nigel at nigel@MrBead.com

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